header image

Peter Katz

Peter Katz played a catalytic role in launching the New Urbanism. He wrote the seminal book, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community, and founded the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) for which he was its first Executive Director. During Peter’s tenure, CNU adopted its charter, obtained its first grant funding, began a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and convened its first international congress. In that same year, he initiated and co-edited The Ahwahnee Principles, one of the earliest statements of principles and policies related to sustainable community-building practices. As strategic consultant to government, public agencies, and private-sector clients, Peter addresses real-world needs with state-of-the-art planning practices. He has played a key role in shaping and implementing a range of nationally significant community design and development projects. He is an associate member of The Citistates Group, and is also the founding president of the Form-Based Codes Institute. Peter studied architecture and graphic design, and received a Royal Society of Arts Honor Award with his BFA upon graduation.